An ancient village
older than the pyramids has been unearthed by a University of Victoria
student, and a B.C. First Nation says it backs up tribe stories
passed down for generations.
Alisha Gauvreau, an anthropology PhD student at UVic, has been
excavating a rocky spit on Triquet Island, some 500 kilometres northwest
Scientists say the artifacts exhumed on the remote island are
painting a picture of how our civilization began.
Gauvreau, an anthropology PhD student at UVic, and a crew
have been excavating a rocky spit on Triquet Island, some
500 kilometres northwest of Victoria. (Courtesy Hakai Institute)
"I remember when we get the dates back and we just kind of sat
there going, holy moly, this is old," said Gauvreau."What this is
doing is just changing our idea of the way in which North America
was first peopled."
What the team found is incredible: Tools for lighting fires,
fish hooks and spears, all dating back 14,000 years.
The discovery has led experts to believe a large human migration
may have occurred on B.C.'s unfrozen coastline.
What's more remarkable, according to one B.C. First Nation,
is that the scientific discovery appears to corroborate the tribe's
"It's very special to not only me, but our entire tribe," said
Heiltsuk Nation's William Housty.
Housty said Heiltsuk First Nation elders have passed down stories
of ancient coastal villages for ages, and those cultural stories
are now cemented in fact.
"To think about how these stories survived all of that, only
to be supported by this archeological evidence is just amazing,"
The B.C. village is the oldest to be discovered in North America,
Scientists will dig on other remote B.C. islands to keep tracking
the ancient footprint of man as far as it goes.